2016 Course Report Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Study


Liz Eggleston Wednesday - Sep 14, 2016

Course Report is excited to present the results of our latest and most comprehensive survey of graduates in the coding bootcamp space. We surveyed graduates from 52 qualifying coding schools and received 1,143 qualified graduate responses.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 73% of graduates surveyed report being employed in a full-time job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, with an average salary increase of 64% or $26,021. This year's Student Outcomes & Demographics Study dives into bootcamp graduate success, analyzing not only demographics and outcomes, but also how previous experience, income, location, and other factors impact a student's average salary and ability to get a developer job.


Thanks so much to the schools who participated in this study and helped distribute it to their alumni networks!



Key Findings

In our third annual graduate survey, and the most complete cross-school study of its kind in the coding bootcamp industry, we found strong evidence of salary growth, with respondents reporting a $26,021 average increase in their first job after attending a coding bootcamp.

Key Finding 1. Avg Salary Change

Change in Avg Salary Before After
All Respondents $40,866 $66,887
Employed Full-Time $49,562 $68,609

Key Finding 2. Median Salary Change

Change in Median Salary Before After
All Respondents $40,000 $65,000
Employed Full-Time $44,000 $65,000


In addition, bootcamp attendees are more likely to be working full-time after graduation.

Key Finding 3. Change in Employment

Change in Employment Before After
Employed Full-Time 53.9% 68.1%
Employed Part-Time 7.9% 3.2%
Employed Freelance 6.4% 6.8%
Self-Employed 5.9% 3.1%
Student 8.5% 3.4%
Unemployed 17.4% 15.4%


As students continue their job search after graduation, job placement trends upwards. 89% of job-seeking respondents who took the survey 120+ days after graduation were placed.

Key Finding 4. Time to Accept a Job

28.5%   52.3%   66.0%   75.2%   89.3%
placed   placed   placed   placed   placed
30 DAYS   60 DAYS   90 DAYS   120 DAYS   120+ DAYS

The outcomes report also finds:

  • 73% report working in a job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, compared to 1.4% working as full-time programmers beforehand.
  • The average student paid $11,792 in tuition.
  • The typical attendee is 30 years old, has 6.8 years of work experience, has at least a Bachelor's degree, and has never worked as a programmer.
  • 43.3% of bootcamp graduates are female.
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.83/10.
  • Use of external lending partners has increased drastically since 2014 (from 8% in 2014 to 17% in 2016). 

The "Survey Results" tab shows interesting insights like:

  • Undergraduate Law majors saw the greatest salary jump after attending a bootcamp. Graphic Design majors are most likely to be employed using the skills they learned at a bootcamp after graduation. 
  • Graduates working in San Francisco boast the highest average salary of the cities in this report (California has the highest average salary of any state, but check out where Washington falls!)
  • Coding bootcamps provide a $39,190 lift in salary for low-income students, compared to a $2,347 lift in salary for high-income students
  • Students with only a High School degree experienced the highest lift in salary after graduating from a bootcamp: $33,300. 76.4% of bootcamp graduates have at least a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Students who learned Python continue to have the highest average salaries after graduation (~$90K). Students who learned PHP at a bootcamp are most likely to be employed using the skills they learned at a bootcamp after graduation. 



We surveyed graduates from 52 qualifying coding schools, commonly referred to as "bootcamps." We received 1495 responses from graduates, 1143 of which met the criteria described below. The surveys were sent to graduates and all figures are self-reported by the respondents.

Inclusion Criteria

Coding bootcamps: to qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, in-person instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be degree-granting, (c) provide programming-specific curriculum.


To qualify for inclusion in the survey, individuals must have completed a course offered by a coding bootcamp (as defined above) prior to August 12, 2016.     


Participation in the survey was voluntary. An incentive for a $500 Amazon Giftcard was offered for participation.


Because bootcamps likely varied in the extent to which they distributed and advertised the survey to students, it is unlikely that our raw sample is representative of the overall population of students. To adjust for varying sampling probabilities across schools, we post-stratify the sample on school using the known (2015-2016) bootcamp sizes from a recent Course Report survey. Respondents are weighted such that the in-sample distribution of respondents across camps matches as closely as possible the known distribution of bootcamp sizes. Therefore, our estimates rely on a much weaker assumption than random sampling—we only need to assume that respondents are effectively randomly sampled within school strata.

About Course Report

Course Report, founded in 2013 by Adam Lovallo and Liz Eggleston, operates https://www.coursereport.com/, which helps potential students find, research, and apply to coding bootcamp programs. Course Report offers a directory of schools, webinars, thousands of reviews, and interviews with teachers, founders, students, and alumni.